Nightmare season for Khan

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:08 PM ET

Welcome to his football nightmare.

Winnipeg centre Obby Khan missed the first nine games of the CFL season with a viral infection and still takes medication for the problem. He finally started four games but was then felled by a knee injury and had that knee scoped last week.

"This has been the worst season you could possibly imagine," Khan conceded yesterday. "I've gone through a lot. I'm hoping I can get through the rest of the season and get better in the off-season and come back next year."

Maybe then he can sleep without fear of waking up with yet another scare.

Much was expected of the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Simon Fraser product after he was the Blue Bombers nominee as top offensive lineman last season. But he keeps running into these hurdles.

Yet, the Ottawa native hopes for a silver lining to an otherwise forgettable season.

"Winning a Grey Cup would help," said Khan, 27. "I look back at it now and I'm thinking it's going to be a great fairy tale story. You know, get a virus infection, miss nine games, lose 50 pounds, then gain it back. Go for knee surgery, come back and hopefully, we can make a push here and it can all end up OK."

Despite going under the knife just last week, Khan claimed he is ready to go this Sunday when the Bombers take on the Stampeders in Calgary.

"It (surgery) went really well," he said. "There was no pain, no swelling, full range of motion the next morning. That same night, I was up walking around and making dinner at my apartment. It was phenomenal.

"They scoped my meniscus and ended up taking about 70% of my meniscus out."

Here, Khan pauses, turns to his locker and pulls out a small tupperware container where he keeps the removed meniscus. He takes the rubbery-like piece in his hand to show what it is like.

"It's pretty cool," Khan said. "I had a DVD (of the operation) made up and everything."

Now, all Khan has to do is convince the coaches to put him back in.

"It feels really good," said Khan, who did not practise yesterday. "It's responded really well and there's absolutely no pain and no swelling and the strength's pretty good. We're just taking it day by day and I'm hoping to get in this week. I'm hoping. I've got my fingers crossed and it feels really good.

"But we've got to be smart about it, too. It's getting towards the end of the season and we've got to make a run here for the playoffs so, we've got to be smart about it."

Bomber head coach Doug Berry is trying to do just that.

"Khan is telling us he's going to be ready but I'm not sure," Berry said. "He really believes that he will be. We'll have to go day to day with him."

But, since Berry is planning to dress seven offensive linemen again, it looks like Khan will have to wait another week. Berry wants to go with two backups on the O-line as veteran guard Matt Sheridan (ankle) is not ready to return this week. So, it looks like sophomore Dominic Picard (centre) and rookie Kyle Koch (guard) will start on the O-line for the second straight week.


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